Gender and Development Activity

Talk on Women Empowerment with Broadcast Journalist Mariz Umali

On 15 March 2023, multi-awarded television news anchor and journalist, Marie Grace Michelle Bade Umali-Tima, popularly known as Mariz Umali, gave an inspirational talk on Women Empowerment to PSALM employees. During the talk, Ms. Umali looked back on her trials and tribulations and how she rose to prominence as one of the country’s eminent female broadcast journalists. She recalled her risky reporting assignments which were touted as defining moments in contemporary Philippine history. In Ms. Umali’s 21 years with GMA Network, her remarkable assignments included the Abu Sayyaf kidnappings in Basilan and Sulu, the double canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII at the Vatican and numerous calamities including the Taal Volcano eruption in January 2020 and the historic rollout of COVID-19 vaccines for Filipino medical frontliners in the country.